Peter Murray, the founding director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park., will speak at the Georgia Museum of Art March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the annual GMOA/ Willson Center Lecture. Murray founded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1977. He was awarded the title of OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for services to the arts, and the title of CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2010.
Murray’s lecture, “Museums Without Walls: Art in the Landscape,” will be a brief examination of sculpture in the landscape, touching upon land art in the United States, such as “Spiral Jetty” and Roden Crater, as well as Japanese, European and North American sculpture parks. Reference will also be made to the English landscape designer Capability Brown, and his influence on the revolution of English parklands—in particular Bretton Hall, the home of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an 18th-century estate transformed into a major international center of contemporary sculpture.
A reception will be held following the lecture, which is cosponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.